Kenai Peninsula residents eat inside Kenai River Brewing Company in Soldotna, Alaska. on May 8, 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Kenai Peninsula residents eat inside Kenai River Brewing Company in Soldotna, Alaska. on May 8, 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Fossils focus of upcoming fireside chat

Kenai Watershed Forum is hosting the talks through November

The third of Kenai Watershed Forum’s Fireside Chats for this season is Wednesday at Kenai River Brewing, and will focus on megafauna fossils found locally on the Kenai Peninsula.

Starting at 6 p.m., geologist Dick Reger will be leading the presentation, and is bringing the fossils he found in the southwestern Kenai Peninsula for public viewing, according to a release from the forum.

The release says that Reger has more than 50 years of experience and authored or co-authored more than 130 publications.

Forum Membership Coordinator Sara Aamodt said megafauna are classified as large animals, and that mammoth bones would be among those showcased.

The first two Fireside Chats for this year covered spruce bark beetles and beluga monitoring. Aamodt said they were both well attended by around 30 people.

“People that are just hanging out in the brewery at the time that we start our chats have kind of moved outside and we all sit around the fire pit at the brewery and listen to the presentation and eat and drink,” she said. Watershed forum members get one drink paid for at each chat.

Fireside Chats will continue Wednesdays at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Next week will be dog sledding with Kristi Bulock. Nov. 16 will be archaeological sites around Kenai Peninsula College with anthropologist Dr. Adam Dunstan. The series will close with environmentally conscious human development with Nancy Casey.

More information about the fireside chats and about the Kenai Watershed Forum can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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